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    llUtorical Society
Dtroled to tb IntereiU of the Pentniula. the Manufacturing Center of the Northwest
Old Serlet, Vol. XI, Ne. 38
VOL. 13
NO. 11
Plans for Elevator System
Food for Thought
More interest Desired
The Price of Bread
Not Understood
Fate of the Evader
Won in the Kitchens
The Withersnoon-Englnr Com
pany, of Chicngo, a Hrm which
specializes in grain handling
equipment and systems, will
make the plans for the Port
land municipal grain elevator
and terminal docks. The com
mittee which was appointed to
select a consulting engineer,
after listening to the plans and
data of J. M. Withorspoon, of
this concern, authorized the
company to begin work immed
iately on the plans for the com
plete elevator.
The company is employed by
the Port of Portland Commis
sion on a basis of 1 per cent of
the total, and the plans and
work will lie carried out in the
olllce3 of the Port of Portlund
Commission under the direction
of G. B. Hegnrdt. engineer of
the board. The uppointmcnt
committee, consisting ot Mr.
Hegardt and John II. Burg-
nard, met with the Dock Com
mission on Monday morning and
the plans which the Chicago
engineer outlined met with the
approval of the commission, so
later in the day the agreement
was signed.
Tho company is to furnish all
the detail men and specialists
on tho work. Mr. Witherspoon
will urge all possible speed. He
says it will take about four
months for the plans and ar
rangements of detail. After
that it will take eight months
to build the dock, which means
that no time can be lost to huvo
tho pier ready for tho 1018 crop.
"I consider the location ideal,"
said the enlgneor. "I have
been over the ground thorough
ly with Mr. Hegardt nnd tho
construction will oll'cr no en
gineering (liflicultles. It will
be necessary to provide unusual
smutting facilities, becnuso in
vestigation among grain men
show Northwest wheat contains
considerable smut, which is,
howovur, easily taken care of."
Loading facilities for the
river boats will also bo provid
ed, as-it is expected that much
of the grain will come into
Portland by way of river boats.
Pretty Home Wedding
One of tho daintiest of homo
weddings occurred Sunday
afternoon August 19th, at tho
home of Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
Sterling. 801 Kellogg street,
whon their daughter, Miss V.
Louiso Sterling , was united in
marriage with Wm. C. Littlo,
of Yamhill. Tho coromony was
performed by Rev. J. H. Irvine
of the St. Johns Methodist
Episcopal church, where the
happy couple first met and
where the lover life began that
has progressed so delightfully
and where they arc held in high
esteem. Only immediate mem
bers of tho families concerned
worn present, consisting of Mr.
Gordon Little, one of our soldier
boys in uniform, nnd brother of
tho groom, Mrs. Thorpe, sister
of Mr. Littlo. and Mr. Thorpe,
Miss Vina Sivan, a cherished
schoolmate of tho bride, and
Mrs. Irvine, wife of the offi
ciating minister. A collation
of ice cream, cake and fruit
drinks was served. After a
brief tour "somewhere in Ore
gon" the new hearthstone will
be established at Yamhill,
where Mr. Little is engaged as
contractor and builder.
Information Desired
Sometimes one is inclined to
ask, upon what basis the taxes
of the city are levied and why
for no apparent reason lines are
drawn outside of which pro
perty seems to be exempt. The
tentative assessments for the
proposed extension of of Greely
street are out, and a slight in
quiry into the method of assess
ment would not be amiss when
one realizes that in the St.
Johns district, practically all of
the water front property which
naturally includes most of the
arce industries, has been ex
empt while other property.
which certainly could not re
ceive any greater benefit from
the proposed extension is well
taxed. Who is responsible7
If you have a cow, a horse,
chickens, piano, household
articles or in fact anything to
sell, try an ad. in the Review.
If you do not have faith enough
rn nftv for an ad., offer us a
commission and we will do the
Advertising without charge.
1 note an open letter in an
evening paper, signed "A
Country Girl," urging that tho
people of Portland show their
appreciation of tho sacrifices the
soldiers arc prepared to make
by holding n scries of street
dances, nnd also suggesting that
every one speak to the soldier
in passing on the street. 1 am
answering this not because 1
believe the city officials will
arrange these dances, as tney
are rather too sensible for that,
but to correct in some meas
ures the impression that
seems to prevail that soldiers
value the easy made street ac
quaintance. There is littlo
doubt that the suggestions mado
by "Country Girl" are in good
faith and with an earnest, if
mistaken, desire to show honor
to the soldi or. 1 have an idea
that this young Indy would not
take part in n street dance
where her partners would be
civilians and she would doubt
less be a model of propriety in
her relations to civilians. The
mistake is in supposing that the
man has changed when he dons
tho uniform. It is pcrhupB not
strange that young women with
their limited experience should
not realize that the same con
ventions that aro wholesome in
normal times and necessary to
Erotect the moral welfare of
oth young men and women are
even moro important in times
of war when most people arc to
a large degree controlled by
emotion. This is nlways true
and perfectly natural. It is not
strange that young women do
not know, as do all men and
older women, that a young
woman who makes easy ac
quaintance with a young man
loses to a largo degree his re
spect. There is no class of men
wiio need more to hold a high
respect nnd reverence for
women than do soldiers. They
are to lace great temptations
both in camp life and active
service. The awful crimes that
shock us in every war commit
ted against tho women of an
enemy people are tho far-reaching
result of the breaking down
of roveronco for womanhood
and aro only farther down tho
road that is entered when an
easy acquaintance is mado with
young women on the street.
Tho writer has studied this
question for years and is pre
pared to state with coniiuenco
that tho safety of the soldior
boy us well ns that of the young
woman lies in maintaining the
same or oven stricter conven-
tions ns between young men
and women thnn were patent
before tho uniform appeared
upon tho streets, ine greai
m stake began when young
women were applauded a? hav
ing rendered n patriotic service
when thoy offered a premium
of their kisses to young men
who enlisted. 1 his mistake has
been continued perhaps not by
tho snmo individuals in the
flirtations with soldiers that
can bo seen almost any hour
upon tho streets, and by even
open kisses anu caresses upon
too trequent occasions, lneso
exhibitions which have caused
women to blush for their sex
and tho soldier to his credit
to redden with embarrass
ment will, if followed to the
natural conclusion, send many a
sad young woman to sit and
brood in silence until the fatal
certainty of her coming shame
will crush her or drive her to
desperation. With no premedi
tation on the part ot either this
will inevitably result, indeed is
resulting, in hundreds of locali
ties near the camps. The young
girl will bear her heartache
alone, and "somewhere in
France" a young soldier will
recret. but not too sadly, for
some way men feel that a young
woman who makes easy ac-
qauintance in worthy to bear
whatever result may touow.
Our soldiers are for the most
part splendid young fellows,
but it is well for parents as
well as young women to remem
ber that though they wear the
uniform they are men and with
men's temptations, they will
need in all of the days that fol
low in their service for America
the protection of a high rever
ence for womanhood. The very
highest service the young
women in the vicinity of the
forts and camps can give is to
so conduct themselves that thio
will be conserved. This can
not be done by street dances
or by making free acquaintance,
but by maintaining that digni
ty which is the greatest beauty
of vouncr womanhood. An in
terested and kindly glance, if
you can give that with no sug
gestion of invitation to recogni
tion, will bo consistent witn
The call made by the Council
of National Defense to the
women of St. Johns to form n
local council was nnswered by
six women. Very well; had
there been six organizations
represented but five of these
ladies were of the same organ-izntion-thc
W. C. T. U. Con-
gratulato tho union. The others
may hang their bends. Three
officers were elected, but the
electing of an advisory board
was postponed until a meeting
in which u grfcater number of
organizations should be repre
sented. We women have said
what wo would do in the affairs
of the nation if we were given
chance. And only six of us
utiBwered the first call. Think
of that, women of St. Johns!
The council will in no way, in
terfere with the work already
being done by present organiza
tions. Women from clubs and
societies are wanted because
it is supposed they understand
the bringing of numbers of
women together in their com
mon causes. The first thing to
be asked of us is a registration
of the women of the land on a
card which asks her name and
vnrious questions as to what she
is littcd to do lor the govern
ment, what time she can give,
whether she must do her share
at home or whether she be free
to be sent anywhere she is
needed.and so on. This registra
tion does not come for some
time yet nor does it mean con
scription nt nil. All that is ask
ed is voluntary giving
The men of the council are
wonders. Every day's
announces some now
Already they arc work-
U8 women into it in count
woys, even to lugging our own l ui .11' i.
iron men have been iirt in
things military. Aro women
to fall behind? If not, each
small part must be faithful to
the whole nnd St. Johns women
must do their bit. So on
August 28, nt the St Johns lib
rary, let us try again nnd have
a true assembly of all the clubs,
parent-teacher, W. C. T. U.,
grange, fraternal, church, card
and charitable organizations.
It is their officers that arc most
needed. Tho government has
called and if for that reason
alone, we should be glad to
answer. Contributed.
If I Were Only Young
"If I were only young once
more, how 1 would wndo in
Prussian gore! If I wore only
twenty-three, or thirty, ns I
used to be, how I would wield
my flashing sword, and paralyze
the Germun horde! If I were
not a failing sight, and if my
whiskers were not white, and
if I had not housemaid's knee,
how eagerly I'd cross tho sea,
with my large double action
lance, I'd drive invaders out
of France!" Thus every day I
hear men bewail their age, and
weep again. Cheer up, oh,
venerable jays! You still may
help, in .forty ways. The rolls
of cash we see you hoard may
do more service thnn the
sword. Great whiskers! how
your faces fall, when harking to
that sort of call! "Our life
blood we would freely lose,
until it rose above your shoes,"
you grand old leiiows seem to
say; "we'd bleed and die aay
after day. but when you'd touch
our pocketbooks. that is another
thing, gadzookfll" Uh, how the
children . must admiro the
grownups filled with martial fire,
who tell an day wnat tney
would do if they were twenty-
one or two, and wno shrink up
and fade away if asked to help Y.
M. C. A., or any worthy army
cause those heroes battling
with their jawsl Walt Mason.
this. It can be safely said that
young men such as Oregon is
sending to our country's service
will not be comnlimented or
pleased by a street recognition
that even smacks of an invita
tion to acquaintance. Ada
Wallace Unruh in Portland Jour
V. W. Mason, a former well
known St. Johns contractor, but
who is now engaged in the ship
knee industry, delivered his first
car load of knees to the local
ship plant Tuesday. The com
pany was well pleased with the
knees, and declared them to be
first class in every way. Mr.
Mason is arranging to install
a saw mill in conjunction, which
will add largely to the capacity
of his plant.
The seemingly stupendous
prices charged for bread in
Portland is causing considerable
agitation among many citizens.
From the figures submitted in
the article appearing below, I
which was sent to this office for!
republication accompanied by;
an indignant protest ugninst the!
price of bread, there can be no!
doubt that the bakers are chnrg-j
ing in excess of what should be
charged for making bread, pro-'
t i i i '
viuing ine ngures ure correct.
If the bakers are taking advan
tage of the present situation to
exact enormous profits, it is
time an investigation be made'
and a halt be called. The first
clinnintr below appeared in the
Journal and the other in the!
Evening News:
1 wish to take issue with
Muyor Baker's "special investi
gator" for tho city. When he
says that 10 cents for one pound
of brend is not an excessive
price, when flour is selling nt
$11. GO a barrel, Mr. Humanson
should know that one bnrrel of
flour, 198 pounds, will make at
least 257 pounds of bread. The
59 pounds added is the water
and salt. At 10 cents per loaf,
257 loaves is $25.70, giving the
baker $14.10 for baking one
barrel of (lour. Mr. Humnnson
would .have the mayor and the
people of Portland believe that
the bakers should hnvc $14.10
for baking one barrel of flour
into bread. Mayor Baker should
call his investigator on the car
pet and nsk him to explain why
tho bakers should receive $14.10
for baking one bnrrel of flour.
One barrel of flour, 198 pounds,
will mnkc 257 loaves of bread.
At six cents per pound loaf it
would bring in $15.-12. giving
tho baker $3.82 for baking the
four Backs of flour, (one barrel)
and that would leuve $10.28 in
the pocket of the num who is
shoving lumber in tho sawmill,
and his wife might be able to
get new shoes for tho children
by the time wet weather sots
in this fall, Now? I want to
ask tho mayor if he thinks tho
people of Portland would stand
by nnd seo the bakers go out on
tho streets of Portland nnd hold
up tho children when they start
to school this fall and rob them
or their shoes, in this time ot
times when the war drums arc
beating on every highway of
tho United States? Don't un
derstand mo to suy that the
bakers aro taking the children's
shoes off their feet. No, they
aro not doing that way. They
aro tuking away from the
father of the children tho money
with which he could have
bought shoes.
I wonder if Mayor Uaker
knows that Portland is paying
40 per cent more for bread than
poor stricken lieigium and that
the price of bread in France is
40 per cent less than it is in
Bread is now selling in little
old England for seven cents per
one pound loaf, while we in
Portland are paying 10 cents
for the same loaf. Englnnd
has to run the U-boat blockade
and pay enormous freight for
8000 miles to get her wheat,
while Portland is in the wheat
fields. Let Mr. Humanson tell
us why this difference in the
price. 1 should liko to have
the mayor take notice and tlx
tho price somewhat less than
the price of bread in London,
before the people are compelled
to call on Hoover for relief. It
might bo well for the bread
eaters to call a meeting and in
vestigate the investigator. H.
D. Wagnon.
Since last spring the price of
flour has declined $2.50 a barrel,
but the price of bread has re
mained the same. This bread
price was advanced to keep pace
with tho soaring price of flour,
which at its highest was $13.70
a barrel. I he price today is
$11.20 a barrel. For three
ounces more bread than she for
merly got for five cents the
housewife is now paying 10
cents. Before flour soared, the
price of bread was: For a 13
ounce loaf, five cent. For a 2G
ounce loaf, 10 cents. Now it is:
For a 16 ounce loaf, 10 cents.
For a 21 ounce loaf, 15 cents.
Some small stores are selling
home-made bread for nine cents
a loaf and claim to be making
money. Bakers get approxim
ately 300 16 ounce loaves from
a barrel of flour, which cost
$11.20. This, converted into
bread to be sold at 10 cents a
loaf by the dealer, brings $30.
The housewife pay $18.80 for
having the flour made into
bread. When the price of flour
was $13.90. the housewife paid
only $16.30-or $2.50 less for
Not understood. We move along
Our paths grow wider as the
seasons creep
Along the years. We marvel
and wo wonder
Why life is life, and then
we fall asleep
Not understood.
Not understood. We gather
false impressions
And hug them closer ns tho
years ao by.
Till virtues often to us seem
And thus men rise nnd live
and fall nnd die
Not understood.
Not understood. How trifles
often change us.
Tho thoughtless sentence or
the fancied slight
Destroy long years of friend
ship nnd estrange us,
And on our soul there falls a
freezing blight
Not understood.
Not understood. The secret
springs of action
Which lie beneath the surface
and the show
Are disregarded. With self
satisfaction We judge our neighbors and
they go
Not understood.
Not understood. Poor souls
with stinted vision
Oft measure giants by their
narrow gauge
And tho poisoned shafts of
falsehood and derision
Are oft impelled against those
who mould the age
Not understood.
Not understood. How many
breasts are aching
For lack of sympathy ; ah, day
by day
How many noble spirits pass
Not understood.
Not understood. Oh God, that
mnn could sec a little clearer,
Or judge less harshly when
they can not see.
Oh, God, that men would draw
near to one another
That they would bo near to
And Understand. Ex.
Ringling Bros.' Circus
Announcement is mnde that
on Monday, August zi, King-
ling Bros.' circus will give
afternoon and night perforin
ances at Portland. The fumous
showmen are this senson pre
senting an all now and wonder
ful program. Tho tremendous
fairylund spectucle. "Cindcr-
ello," will appeal to both young
nnd old. More than 1000 per
sons take part in it. It is easily
the biggest spectacle Mingling
Bros, have over staged and its
glorious "Ballet of the Fairies,"
with 3UU dancing girls, is in
itself worth going many miles
to see. Following Cinderella"
100 urcnic artists appear in the
main tent program. Tho Ring
ings havo secured scores of
circus performers never before
seen in America. An entire
trained unimal show has been
made a part of the main tent
program this sensor. The
menagerie now numltv 1009
wild animals, lho elephants, in
cluding "Big Bingo, "tho earth's
largest pachyderm, have been
increased to 41 and almost 800
horses are carried. There will
be 60 clowns and a big free
three mile street parade show
day morning. Adv.
the same service. Thus the
profit made on a barrel of flour
made into bread is now $2.50
more than when flour was
$13.70. Tho difference between
the price of flour and the retail
price ot bread made irom it is
what the consumer must pay tor
ingredients other than flour
for handling nnd manufactur
ers' and retailers' profits. The
drop in flour added $1010 a
day to the profit on bread in
Portland, This figure is obtain
ed by figuring the annual con
sumption of flour at one half
barrel for each person, nnd the
population of Portand at 295,000
the census bureau's latest esti
mate. On the Bame basis Port
landers pay $268,750 to have
their flour baked into bread.
Portland News.
Purchase no court plaster of
street vendors or peddlers, If
court plaster must be used pur
chase only from responsible
sources. This is tho caution of
the United States Department
of Justice,
From now on the fate of tho
man who tries to evade his duty
under the draft will be any
thing but enviable. Failure to
appear for physical examination
when called up by his local ex
emption board will not help the
slacker. In fact it will be about
the shortest cut he could take
to get himself drafted automat
ically into the army without
further consideration. If a man
docs not appear before his local
board when called unless he
applies by reason of absence
from his district to hnvc his
examination transferred to an
other board, or can give a very
good reason why he was unable
to appear his name will bo cer
tified to the Adjutant General
of the state as having been call
ed for military service and not
exempted or discharged. Thu
Adjutant General, who nets un
der instructions from Washing
ton, will give him one more
chance, and only one, to clear
his record. A notice will be
sent to the address on Iu'b reg
istration card directing him to
report within five duys, either
in person or by mail or tele
graph to the Adjutant General.
If ho doesn't report ns direct
ed, nt the end of the five days
he becomes automatically draft
ed into the army of tho United
States. Failure to appear for
duty will then become equiva
lent to deserting lrom the nrmy.
Men who desert from Uncle
Sam's army in time of war are
not treated very kindly. They
urc classed in the same cat-
gcory us traitors. Such men
will be rigidly hunted down by
the military authorities. They
either will be compelled to
serve, or court martin led as de
serters. In time of war a court
martial cun inflict the death
pennlty for desertion. Informa
tion Bureau, Adjutant Gcnorul's
Office, Portland, Oregon.
Was It You ?
Some one started the whole day
Was it you?
Some one robbed the day of its
Was it you?
Early iliis morning someone
Someone sulked until others
And soon harsh words were
passed around
Was it you?
Some one started the day
Was it you?
Someone made it happy and
Was it you?
Early this morning, we were
Someone smiled, and all through
the day,
This smile encouraged young
nnd old
Was it you?
Stewart I. Long, in N. Y. Sun.
Supplying the Pulpit
Rev, E. P. Rorden. of the
Baptist church, is spending his
vacation at Sea View. During
his absence Mr. Harold Proppe
is supply ng thu pulpit. His
sermon next Sunday morning
will bo on Satan. Ho has de
livered this sermon upon two
other occasions, and says there
is a thread running from Gene
sis to Revelations describing
Satan. A little boy who has
to be coaxed to church said
on the way home last Sunday,
Why he didn't preach at all.
I kept waiting for him to
preach; he just told ub things
and stopped. 1 like him."--
Fine Residence For Sale
An eight room house, thor
oughly modern throughout, dis
tinctive in type, interior finely
finished, located in one of tho
best residence districts in St.
Johns, overlooks the new ship
plant, and in fact is one of tho
most desirable properties in bt.
Johns. Any one desiring a
modern, up-to-date residence,
ideally situated, and at a very
reasonable price, should not
fail to investigate this. In
quire at this office.
Cards of thanks notices are
charged for ut the rate of fifty
cents each. Persons desiring to
have such notices published
should make a note of this,
The great Kitchener said
"This war will be won in the
kitchens;" Cromwell expressed
the same by claiming "A Bold
ier's nerve comes from his
belly, keep it full." Believing
this, the U. S. Navy Depart
ment has ordered nn extra meal
served to tho men on night
watch, increased the food al
lowance, and sent out an urgent
call for cooks, bakers, stewards,
and mess attendants. These
great floating monsters, of our
First Line of Defense, greatly
resemble a first class hotel,
with their large cold storage
plants stocked with fresh
meats, fruit and vegetables and
lurgo spotless kitchens, equipp
ed with the latest electric
ranges and appliances.
The Navy offers a splendid
position to both experienued
cooks and bakers, and non-experienced
men in the mess de
partment. The former will
board ship at once, and the
latter will be given a complete
course nt the Navy Cooking
School, near San Fruncisco.
This will give many a young
man the chance to travel, learn
a trade, earn a good salary,
nnd best of all strike n telling
blow at tho Kniser. Applica
tion for enlistment can be made
to any Postmnster or to tho U.
S. Navy Recruiting Station,
Dekum Building, Portland, Ore-
The Open Air Meeting
The open air union mcctimr
Inst Sunday evening at the city
hall plot was well attended and
quite interesting. The message
was brought by Rev. J. 11.
Irvine, of the Methodist church.
and he mude a most earnest plea
for the unsaved. He took as
the subject of his discourse.
"Father, forgive them, for thoy
know not what they do." lie
handled his Biibjcct in an im
pressive nnd instructive man
ner, nnd brought out a number
of new thoughts. He pointed
out that there is a solidarity
about this ns well as any other
community, and that it is so
bounded together that it must
all rise or fall together. That in
order to save our boy and girl,
wo nuiBt, in Belf dofonse, us
it wero.sove our neighbor's boy;
that if he is not saved, he may
drug our boy or girl down. The
music was again a pleasing fea
ture ot the meeting. Next Sun
duy evening will terminate the
series of outddoor meetings,
and it is hoped all who cun do
so will attend.
Will Visit in Seattle
Mrs. Helen Howurth Lemmel
has gone to Seattle for a ten day
visit with friends and will there
sing for tho benefit of Red
Cross and other wnr relief en-
tertuinment. Miss Nettie Lconu
Foy will spend her vacation in
Seattle where she will act as
accompanist for Mi's. Lemmel
as she has dono in Portland.
The proceeds of Mrs. LemmePs
new patriotic song My Uear
O" has been generously donated
by her to Red Cross work, es
pecially for Oregon soldiers. It
is now on snle at Foy'H Variety
It Always Pays
A party last week ran a
little ud. in the Review for tho
sale ot somo furniture and a
residence for sale or rent, nnd
she said her phone was kept
ringing almost constantly from
the time the paper was distrib
uted until 9 o'clock at night.
She said she could have sold
readily three times ns much
furniture as she had for sale.
and she rented her house in a
twinkling. It pavs to udvertise
in the Review.
A man named Groat had his
arm broken last Thursday night,
while riding on a Montayilla
car. lie had allowed his arm to
hang out of the car window and
it was struck by a passing
wagon, breaking it at tho el
bow. This is a practice in
dulged in quito too frequently,
especially by youngsters riding
in tho cars. Persons riding in
street cars should neither allow
theirarms or their head to stick
out of tho windows. It is a
dangerous practice.
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